This week’s top stories: Sept. 19-26, 2010

While we regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and we encourage those of you with active Twitter accounts to communicate with us there to get real-time updates of all the stuff we are discussing (Follow Peter and/or Follow Travis). For those of you who shy away from Twitter, enjoy below the best mini-stories that we came across during the prior week along with links to the original source so that you can follow the full story.

  • According to this paper, the pharmaceutical industry covertly markets its products in medical literature (PLoS Medicine). Apparently, this was the case for hormone-replacement therapy.
  • In a related story, a new study shows declining breast cancer incidence associated with declining hormone replacement usage (Journal of National Cancer Institute)
  • Not all news regarding pharmaceutical companies is bad, however. Case in point: Sanofi-Aventis Launches iPhone/iPod Accessory – A Blood Glucose Monitor! (Electronista)
  • Phenomenal letter to the editor by Ottawa grade 10 student on getting physical activity back into phys ed class (Ottawa Citizen)
  • Did you know? Health Canada Approved Homeopathic Lead! (Skeptic North)
  • And as usual, don’t forget to check out my weekly Editor’s Selections.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!


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